Don’t fall prey

2018-10-23 06:00

The police are urging residents not to fall prey to online scam artists following a recent incident through the use of social media.

Police received a complaint from a man on Wednesday 10 October at 10:00, after he saw an advertisement for a car on Facebook. He had replied to the advert for a blue Toyota Yaris and received a call from the seller.

The man was informed that the car was at an address in Main Road in Meyerdal, Johannesberg­.

He was told to complete forms that were emailed to him and needed to transfer an amount of R16 200 to the seller.

The potential buyer was last contacted when the seller informed him that he was on his way to deliver the car to him.

However the car was never delivered and the number given is now on voicemail.

To help people avoid becoming a victim of the same or similar scams, police are advising residents to take the following precautions­:

. Ensure that the dealer is genuine

. The lack of a landline number should be a warning sign

. Physically see the vehicle; check the status of the vehicle with traffic or police

. Check that the car papers are genuine

. Do not pay before taking receipt of the vehicle­

The seller should also check that payments are cleared before handing over any vehicle and ensure that the SMS notification of payment is genuinely from the bank and not a scam SMS.

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